Killing Joke, new singles collection – what SHOULD the track listing be?!

kj singles deluxeSo, fellow Killing Joke fans, how do YOU feel about the new super-fandango, 34 CD, box set [versions and track listings] version of the recently announced singles collection?

Just to re-cap, Killing Joke are releasing a singles compilation spanning their entire 33 year career.  They have never released any kind of singles compilation LP so it’s a fairly big deal, and, for long-time KJ fans, a great opportunity for the band to show some real quality and real value.  And with the box set retailing at £216 (do NOT adjust your browser, that is £216), it has to a stunner, doesn’t it?

md555Now, 33 of the 34 CDs in the deluxe set are going to be replicas of the singles themselves (in “original” sleeves).  Killing Joke did a similar thing in 2004 when they released the excellent  “Chaos For Breakfast” – the AMAZING early singles compilation LP, which included a fifth CD of un-released demos (scroll to the bottom of this link for details).

The “Chaos” five CD set really sets the bar in term of packaging and tracks.  Not only does it include tracks from 7″, 10″ and 12″ versions, but it includes all of the original inserts (Nervous System, Wardance).  Below is the “Chaos” tracklisting, it includes the tracks from all versions of the singles, plus the odd gem (here it’s the previously un-released “Follow the Leaders” with the original lyrics), plus the CD of demos (which is worth the admission price alone):

  • disc 1
  • nervous system 4.18
  • turn to red 3.57
  • are you receiving 4.59
  • almost red 3.47
  • disc 2
  • wardance 3.45
  • pssyche 4.57
  • disc 3
  • requiem 3.41
  • change 3.55
  • requiem [malicious demo 2] 3.46
  • disc 4
  • follow the leaders 5.37
  • tension 4.34
  • follow the leaders dub 4.06
  • follow the leaders [original lyrics] 4.02
  • disc 5
  • requiem [malicious demo] 3.4
  • wardance [malicious demo] 4.05
  • bloodsport [malicious demo] 5.24
  • the wait [malicious demo] 3.50
  • complications [malicious demo] 3.13
  • change [malicious demo] 4.01
  • killer dub [aka bread & jam] 19.0
  • bloodsport [malicious demo 2] 4.48

kj singles largeWhen we examine the tracklisting announced for the upcoming singles collection, we see that it ONLY contains the tracks from the 7″ singles.  This is not good – many of Killing Joke’s finest “single” moments came from bsides and remixes – is it really a great KJ compilation if it doesn’t have Are You Receiving, Sun Goes Down, Eighties (serious dance mix) or the many Pandemonium dance remixes?

In my opinion, no.

If Killing Joke want me to part with £216, which I am more than willing to do, they need to try harder.  In fact, I think I would rather that they released the singles in short bursts (say half a dozen at a time) with all the extras – bsides, inserts, photos and demos – BUT ESPECIALLY THE DEMOS.  

I, like most lifelong KJ fans, have everything they have ever released.  Buying a load of two track CDs is not appealing (and fuck knows what the cigar band shit is all about – no thanks).  If we apply the “Chaos” ethos to the singles collection, here is what I think the tracklisting SHOULD be (the bold track names are currently NOT on the proposed listing, but do appear on the singles, somewhere).  And we want more demos!

  1. Nervous System
    Turn To Red
    Are You Receiving?
    Almost Red
  2. War Dance
    Pssyche
  3. Requiem
    Change
    Requiem (Malicious Demo)
  4. Follow The Leaders
    Tension
    Follow the Leaders (Dub)
  5. Empire Song
    Brilliant
  6. Chop-Chop
    Good Samaritan
  7. Birds of A Feather
    Flock The BSide
    Sun Goes Down
  8. Let’s All Go (To The Fire Dances)
    Dominator
    The Fall of Because (live)
  9. Me Or You?
    Wilful Days
    Feast of Blaze
  10. Eighties
    Eighties (Coming Mix)
    Eighties (Serious Dance Mix)
  11. A New Day
    Dance Day
    A New Day (Dub Mix)
  12. Love Like Blood
    Blue Feather (Version)
    Love Like Blood (Alternate Version)
    Love Like Blood (Gestalt Mix)
  13. Kings And Queens
    The Madding Crowd (Remixed By Killing Joke)
    Kings and Queens (A Right Royal Mix)
    Kings and Queens (Knaves Mix)
  14. Adorations
    Exile
    Ecstasy
    Adorations (Instrumental)
    Adorations (extended Mix)
    Adorations (Supernatural Mix)
    Ecstasy (Extended Mix)
    Love Like Blood (86 mix)
  15. Sanity
    Goodbye To The Village
    Sanity (Roman Mix)
    Sanity (Instrumental)
    Sanity (Insane Mix)
    Wardance (RAF Mix)
    Wardance (Naval Mix)
  16. America
    Jihad
    America (Extended Mix)
    Jihad (Beirut Edit)
    Change
  17. My Love Of This Land
    Darkness Before Dawn
    Follow the Leaders (Dub)
    Sun Goes Down
  18. The Beautiful Dead
  19. Money Is Not Our God
    North Of the BorderExorcism (Live In King’s Chamber Cairo, Aug 1993 Mix)
  20. Whiteout (The Intellect Is Ugly Remix) (Mandragora Edit)
    Exorcism (A Germanic Interpretation)
    Exorcism (The Bretonic Revenge)
    Unification Catastrophe (Mandragora Remix)
    Unification Catastrophe (Full Length Mandragora Remix)
    Another Cult Goes Down (Portobello Mix)
    Total Eclipse (Remix Edit)
    Whiteout (The Intellect Is Ugly Remix)
    Exorcism (A Germanic Interpretation)
    Exorcism (The Bretonic Revenge)
  21. Millennium (Cybersank Edit)
    Millennium (Cybersank Extended Remix)
    Millennium (Back To Orion Mix)
    Millennium (23 Minutes To Midnight Mix)
    Millennium (Dissolving Particle Reaction Mix)
  22. Pandemonium (Cybersank Edit)
    Pandemonium (Cybersank Extended Remix)
    Pandemonium (The Dragonfly Mix)
    Pandemonium (Waxworth Industries Mix)
    Pandemonium (Original Edit)
    Pandemonium (A Thread Of Steel In The Suspended Bridge Of Time & Space Mix)
    Pandemonium (Nu-Clear Shredded Fibres Mix)
    Requiem (A Floating Leaf Always Reaches The Sea Mix)

  23. Jana
    Jana (Dragonfly Mix)
    Love Like Blood (Live)
    Whiteout (Live)

    Jana (live)
    Wardance (live)
    Exorcism (live)
    Kings And Queens (live)
  24. Democracy (Album Mix)
    Mass
    Democracy (rooster mix)
    Democracy (united nations mix)
    Democracy (the Russian tundra mix)
    Democracy (hallucinogen mix)
  25. Loose Cannon
    Wardance (ultimate version)
    Loose Canon (Full Version)
    Zennon
    Loose Cannon (Demo)
  26. Seeing Red (edit)
    Seeing Red (Jagz Kooner Vocal Remix)
    Seeing Red (Full Version)
    Seeing Red (Jagz Kooner Instrumental)
  27. Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell (Radio Edit)
    Afterburner (Alternative Version)
    Universe B
  28. In Excelsis
    Kali Yuga
    Endgame
    Ghost Of Ladbroke Grove
    Ghost Of Ladbroke Grove (Dub)
  29. European Super State (edit)
    European Super State (Youth Remix)
    Kali Yuga
    Ghost Of Ladbroke Grove (Dub)
    European Super State (Dub Remix)
    European Super State (Justin Broadrick Remix)
    European Super State (Dubstep Mix)
    European Super State (Clive Goddard Extended Mix)
  30. Fresh Fever
  31. Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove
    Ghosts of Ladbroke Grove (Dub)
  32. In Cythera (Edit)
    Penny Drops
    In Cythera
  33. Corporate Elect
    New Uprising
    In Cythera (Bloody Beetroot’s Remix)
    Corporate Elect (Dub Mix)
    In Cythera (Dub Mix)

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2 thoughts on “Killing Joke, new singles collection – what SHOULD the track listing be?!

  1. Thanks for this list, I absolutley agree. And I would add the 92 Remixes of “Change”! as the 34th CD.
    For me, the three CD edition is sufficiant. I am happy about the “FlexiDisc Version” of “The Beautiful Dead” and some stuff of the Bonus CD (which contains six tracks less than announced).

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